Damariscotta River area nature camps begin Nov. 25

Posted Nov. 14, 2013, at 3:12 p.m.

Monday, November 25 to Monday, December 30, 2013; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — The Damariscotta River Association has announced that Vacation Days Nature Camps will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 30, and Tuesday, Dec. 31, for outdoor nature exploration for children ages 5 to 12.

The November session will focus on owls. Each participant will dissect an owl pellet and reassemble the prey skeleton to identify what was eaten. The group also will explore the fields and forests to look for owl roosting sites and other signs of owls. Participants will play games that teach ecological concepts, although, as Sarah Gladu, DRA Education Coordinator points out, “ The kids do not think about that, they are having fun outdoors and do not even realize how much they are learning until later.”

The December sessions will focus on Maine’s Mammals and how they survive winter. Each day will focus on a specific mammal. Participants will hike for animal tracks and signs, keep a nature journal, make a plaster track to take home and play nature-inspired games.

The fee is $60.00 per day and participants may register for all days or just specific days. Call DRA to register for these programs. Limited scholarships are available. A health form will be required for all participants.